Tigers win over Devils

Isis team racks up 60 unaswered points

Isis Town and Country - - Sport - By SHANE JONES

ONE man stole the show on Sun­day at Sal­ter Oval.

In his first match for the ATW Tigers, Sekope Tua scored five tries as they smashed the Isis Devils 76-10 in the Bund­aberg Rugby League.

Af­ter scor­ing the first try of the match, Tua com­pleted his hat-trick be­fore half-time as he helped the Tigers cover the loss of Tien Nguyen and Rueben Bail­lie.

Two more tries in the se­cond half com­pleted the best try-scor­ing per­for­mance in the com­pe­ti­tion this year.

Af­ter the match, coach An­to­nio Kau­fusi was full of praise for his cen­tre.

“He was un­be­liev­able,” he said. “Most of (the tries were) from his in­di­vid­ual bril­liance.”

In a close con­test, the Devils got the score to 16-10 af­ter two play­ers from Waves were sin-binned for high tack­les.

Un­for­tu­nately for the Devils, that was as close as they got as the Tigers ran in 60 unan­swered points.

“We got an ex­pe­ri­enced half in Masada and he’s a good talker along with our cap­tain Dan McLen­nan,” Kau­fusi said.

“They are play­ing their roles re­ally well and get­ting the team around them.”

De­spite the pos­i­tives, Kau­fusi was dis­ap­pointed to lose play­ers in the first half.

“We had to dig in af­ter los­ing the two play­ers,” he said. “I spoke to the boys at half-time and told them we need to work with the ref­eree to make sure we were on the same page.

“To their credit it worked and it put Isis to the sword.”

As they head into the bye this week with a 5-2 record, the Tigers ad­mit they have not looked ahead to a po­ten­tial fi­nals berth.

“Any­thing can hap­pen with in­juries and sus­pen­sions,” Kau­fusi said.

“For me it is al­ways a week-to-week ba­sis.”

Mean­while, Isis con­ceded the Tigers were too good.

“They’ve got a damn good side out there,” coach Paul Bar­ritt said.

“The team did well – the first half we were in the game. Un­for­tu­nately in the se­cond half we had to tackle too much.”

With an in­ex­pe­ri­enced team most weeks, Bar­ritt said they would de­velop as the sea­son pro­gressed.

“Our big­gest prob­lem is we ba­si­cally have a dif­fer­ent play­ing ros­ter play week-in, week-out,” he said.

“There are play­ers out there who have played football for one year and are straight into A-grade.”

The heavy de­feat to­day also co­in­cided with the an­nounce­ment the re­serves team would not be play­ing for the rest of the sea­son.

Bar­ritt said it was due to num­bers but was con­fi­dent the team would turn it around next year.

The Devils will face the Wal­la­roos next week.


SIDE STEP­PING: War­rick Fay looks for a way through for Isis at Sal­ter Oval.

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